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From the collection of the National Park Service, National Mall and Memorial Parks.

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CATALOG NUMBER

VIVE 20793

ACCESSION DATE

06/02/2010

ASSOCIATED NAMES ON THE WALL
ITEM SUMMARY

Artifact assemblage dedicated to U.S. Army Sergeant First Class (SFC) Ronald Eugene Smith and consisting of: a commemorative POW*MIA bracelet & a non-military issue, commemorative service identification tag. The bracelet bears engraved inscriptions specifying SFC Smith's military rank, name, branch of service, casualty date, theater of military operations, & home state of record which read, "SFC RONALD E. SMITH / USA(SF) 28 NOV 70 Cambodia / IN". The name, Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) Wall location information, and Rolling Thunder chapter identification, "SMITH / RONALD E. / 6W-L89 / INDIANA ROLLING THUNDER" are stamped upon the obverse surface of the tag. The artifact assemblage was left at Panel W6 of The Wall by an anonymous donor between May - June 2010.

ITEM DESCRIPTION

ASSEMBLAGE DEDICATED TO U.S. ARMY SERGEANT FIRST CLASS (SFC) RONALD EUGENE SMITH AND CONSISTING OF: COMPONENT (A) COMMEMORATIVE POW*MIA BRACELET & COMPONENT (B) NON-MILITARY ISSUE, COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE IDENTIFICATION TAG. COMPONENT (A) COMMEMORATIVE POW*MIA BRACELET. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A FLAT STRIP OF RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, RED COLORED ALUMINUM [?] METAL WITH ROUNDED ENDS BENT INTO A ROUGHLY CIRCULAR SHAPE TO FORM A BRACELET. AN ENGRAVED INSCRIPTION AT THE EXTERIOR, OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE BRACELET BEARS SFC SMITH'S MILITARY RANK, NAME, BRANCH OF SERVICE, CASUALTY DATE, & THEATER OF MILITARY OPERATIONS, "SFC RONALD E. SMITH / USA(SF) 28 NOV 70 CAMBODIA", WHILE A SECONDARY INSCRIPTION ENGRAVED UPON THE EXTERIOR, REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE BRACELET BEARS THE TWO (2) LETTER ABBREVIATION FOR SFC SMITH'S HOME STATE OF RECORD, "IN". COMPONENT (B) NON-MILITARY ISSUE, COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE IDENTIFICATION TAG, ALSO REFERRED TO AS A, "DOG TAG". THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, SILVER COLORED METAL DISK WITH ROUNDED CORNERS, A CRIMPED EDGE, AND ONE (1) HOLE PUNCHED AT THE CENTER OF THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. THE NAME, VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) WALL LOCATION INFORMATION, AND ROLLING THUNDER CHAPTER IDENTIFICATION, "SMITH / RONALD E. / 6W-L89 / INDIANA ROLLING THUNDER" IS STAMPED INTO THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE IN RECESSED BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS.

ACCESSION GROUP

VIVE-00250

RECORD COPONENT QTY

2

ASSOCIATED ITEM TEXT

Text of the engraved & stamped inscriptions upon the various object surfaces of COMPONENTS (A & B) is transcribed in full, as follows: [COMPONENT (A), exterior, obverse object surface, engraved inscription] "SFC RONALD E. SMITH / USA(SF) 28 NOV 70 Cambodia" / [COMPONENT (A), exterior, reverse object surface, engraved inscription] "IN" / [COMPONENT (B), obverse object surface, stamped inscription] "SMITH / RONALD E. / 6W-L89 / INDIANA ROLLING THUNDER"

ITEM DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT

Item Weight: 4.2g (Weight of COMPONENT (A) only)
Item Width: 1.3cm
Item Depth: 5.5cm (Diameter) / 17.3cm (Circumference) / 4.5cm (Depth)